The Nigerian Army on Monday said it killed nine ”social media personalities” of the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP).
This was disclosed in a statement by Col. Sagir Musa, Army Director Public Relations, who said the annihilation of members of the Boko Haram media team further confirmed that the Nigerian Army has decimated the group.
He gave the names as:
”Abu Hurayra al-Barnawi, Ali al-Ghalam al-Kajiri, Abu Musab Muhammed Mustafa al-Maiduguri, Abu Abdullah Ali al-Barnawi, and Abu Musa al-Camerooni.
”Others are Ahmed al-Muhajir, Abu Ali al-Bamawi, Abu Khubayb bin Ahmed al-Barnawi, Abu al-Qa’qa’ al-Maiduguri.
“The terrorist group is known for its online media propaganda and quest to maintain a virtual caliphate,” he said.
Boko Haram launched using the media in 2009, starting with a very traditional media approach through propaganda films, many of them aimed at recruiting new fighters from Nigeria and neighbouring countries including Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
From 2014, their strategy changed into more use of social media platforms, videos, and creating multiple accounts like Facebook and Twitter platforms, mostly as a way to communicate with individuals.
A faction of the group them merged with the Islamic State in 2015 (ISWAP), a move that came with increased use of social media and other instruments of propaganda.
Despite a series of devastating attacks in the north east, the Nigerian army insists that the Jihadists remain defeated.